You just got a new puppy and want to get started on training him, as young as possible. This is important to do early in your dog’s life, in order to shape his personality and responsiveness. In this article, we will provide the best tips and tricks for training your puppy quickly and successfully.
One tip to keep in mind when training your dog is to ensure that you make it absolutely clear to your dog what it is that your are disciplining it for. This is important to avoid confusion and to teach the dog what is desired and what is undesired behavior. An example of what to avoid is hitting your dog hours past and in a different room from where it shredded your couch.
To stop your dog from jumping up on you, push him back firmly with your knee and tell him “NO” in a firm and commanding voice. As soon as his feet are on the floor, pet him with your hands and praise him for being a good dog with his feet on the floor.
Don’t get discouraged when training your dog. You may start to feel as though you will be carrying around messy treats in your pocket for the rest of your life. This is not the case. As your dog learns a new behavior, he will look to rewards less often for that behavior.
If you are looking to train your dog, make use of a variety of resources such as magazines, general dog training books and books specific to the breed of dog you are looking to train. Speak to people who have your breed of dog, to get ideas from them. Customize your training program for the dog based on what you learn.
Many instances can arise when an owner is out of ear shot of the dog but still clearly in his sight. Dogs can even be trained to respond to the position of the owner’s body. For example, the owner might raise his or her arms above his head and lean in one direction or another to direct the stock dog to a particular point in a field.
Do not push boundaries too quickly for your dog. While he may be enjoying stunning success with a previously challenging task, you cannot jump from step A to step D without hitting the two steps in between! To increase challenges and ensure that your dog truly knows a new behavior, try distraction-proofing by commanding the task outside of usual circumstances.
One of the most important things you can do for your dog is to train him effectively. Dogs are pack animals, and everyone in your home is part of their pack. Dogs are happiest when they know their place in the pack. But if you do not take time to train them, it can be confusing and upsetting to a dog who doesn’t know where they stand.
In conclusion, training your puppy requires that you take a completely different approach than training an older dog. Luckily, you are starting off when it is easiest to do so. As long as you follow the tips provided, you should be able to train your dog successfully and form a great relationship between the two of you.